There is a need to plan and promote large integrated satellite cities to check the growing pressure on cities, said V.B. Gadgil, chief executive and managing director of L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad here on Friday. Participating in a conference on Urban Infrastructure, Decentralisation of Urban Growth: Promotion of Satellite Cities, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Mr. Gadgil said satellite cities could help bring about much-needed decentralisation.

For this, functional linkages with the parent city, affordable housing, poverty alleviation, employment opportunities, environmental sustainability, green buildings and disaster management were key factors, he observed. President of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Associations’ of India (CREDAI) president C. Sekhar Reddy said vast acreages of land were available along the ORR for development of satellite cities and for promoting the concept of walk-to-work. Large-scale development was happening between the Inner Ring Road and the ORR and the same could be replicated between the ORR and the proposed Regional Ring Road (RRR), he said. However, the administration needs to put infrastructure in place before development can begin.

“What is happening here is development is taking place first and the infrastructure is coming later,” Mr. Reddy pointed out. GHMC Additional Commissioner (Planning) Ronald Rose said there needed to be greater consciousness regarding local, cultural and socio-economic sensitivities while planning satellite towns and cities.